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It is important to read product labels to know the chemical content and heed any warnings regarding proper usage.
We have designed these pages to help you properly dispose of anything and everything.
There are hundreds of items listed alphabetically.
Click on the letter your item begins with and you will link to the appropriate page.
If you can’t find your item, please call the Decatur County Solid Waste Management District office at 812-663-0960.

Acid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Adhesives
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Aerosol Cans
When containers still have product in them or are still under pressure, most are considered hazardous waste and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  If they contained food-related products(empty) or are empty containers that did not contain paint, pesticides/insecticide, or hazardous liquid you may dispose of these in your curbside bin or one of our convenient drop off sites.

Agricultural Plastic
Agricultural plastic cannot be recycled; please dispose of it in the garbage. Burning agricultural plastic is illegal. Burning plastic releases toxic chemicals into the air.

Air Conditioners
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Alkaline Batteries
Rechargeable and alkaline batteries (AAA,AA,C,D,etc) are accepted at several locations throughout Decatur County. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for location information. Car Batteries must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  If you are recycling 9 volt or rechargeable batteries please tape both ends of the battery terminal to prevent fire

All-Purpose Cleaner
This is a hazardous material in its concentrated form. Dilute and use or bring to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Aluminum Cans
Accepted for curbside recycling and at all drop off sites. Please rinse out any remaining liquid or food from the cans. Check your Yellow Pages for scrap metal dealers who may be willing to accept your cans for payment. We do not give payment.

Aluminum Siding
Aluminum siding can be recycled at most metal recycling businesses. Do not put in recycling bins. If still usable, consider donating to Habitat for Humanity.

Ammonia
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Ammunition
Contact your local law enforcement agency for information.

Answering Machines
These may be brought to one of yearly Electronic Recycling Events (please check our calendar for dates) or at Tox-a-way Day.

Antifreeze
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Ant Poison
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Appliances
Appliances may be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  You can also call local metal scrap dealers such as River Metals Recycling (812-663-5587) and they may be able to accept and pay you for the item.

Area Rugs
First, if there is any wear left in the rug, consider finding someone who could use it. Avoiding the landfill or transfer station is generally a good thing, but it may be your only option. Our recycle drop off and curbside containers cannot accept this item. Decatur Hills Landfill in Decatur County can accept this item for a fee.

Arm Chair
If furniture is in good condition, donate it to a local charitable organization. Check with your local trash hauler for other options. Decatur Hills Landfill in Decatur County can accept this item for a fee. You cannot recycle this item.  

Art & Hobby Paint
If the paint can be cleaned up with water, let it dry out and dispose of in regular trash. If paint thinners or solvents are necessary for clean up, then this must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Arts & Crafts Supplies
Check with your local schools, youth organizations, or Sunday school classes to find out if they are interested in a donation of used or leftover art supplies in good condition. Items not suitable for donation may be garbage (for instance, a worn-out paintbrush). Oil based products must be taken to Tox-a-Way Day that occurs the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.

Asbestos
Requires special handling by certified contractors. Please call a local landfill about possible options. This material has to be put in a special type of container to properly transport.

Ashes
Ashes are not recyclable, but may be placed in the garbage once they are stone cold!

Asphalt
Asphalt is considered a bulky waste item for the landfill. There may also be asphalt companies in the area who could reuse it.

Asphalt Sealer
If the asphalt sealer is latex-based (you can clean up with water), it must be dried out and then disposed with your trash. If it is not latex-based, it is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Asphalt Shingles
May require special handling by a certified contractor.  Check with your local transfer station or trash handler.

Automobiles
Salvage businesses such as River Metals Recycling.

Automotive items:

* Carburetor Cleaner

    •  – This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  



* Engine Degreaser 

    • – This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  



* Motor Oil 

    • – Call local automotive companies to see if they are accepting at this time. You may also bring to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  



* Radiator Flusher 

    • – This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  



* Transmission Fluid

    •  – This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.



** Auto Glass

     -Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

 

Bags
Paper: Accepted by curbside or at our convenient drop off sites.
Plastic: Check with local supermarkets for recycling programs (Walmart, Kroger). They can be reused (for instance, as trash liners for small trash bins); We do not accept this item in curbside or convenient drop off sites.


Bakeware
 (cookie trays, baking pans, Pyrex)
If still in good condition, bakeware may be donated to local charities (such as Goodwill or church organization). Bakeware in any condition is unfortunately not recyclable.


Ballast
 (from fluorescent light)
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  You can also give us a call at 812-663-0960 for other possible options.


Barbecue Grill

This item may be accepted by local metal scrap dealers or your local trash handler. This item is not recyclable by Decatur County Recycling.


Barbecue Tank

Disposal of small LP tanks at one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Bathroom Cleaner

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Bathtub
 (Cast-Iron or other metal)
Contact a metal recycler or place for heavy trash pickup. There are also salvage companies that will buy certain styles. Alternatively, you might offer it for re-use by local charitable organizations. This item is not recyclable by Decatur County Recycling.


Bathtub
 (Fiberglass or Plastic)
This belongs in heavy trash pickup or local trash haulers.


Batteries

Rechargeable and alkaline batteries (AAA,AA,C,D,etc) are accepted at several locations throughout Decatur County. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for location information. Car Batteries are accepted at Tox-a-Way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. If you are recycling 9 volt or rechargeable batteries please tape both ends of the battery terminal to prevent fire.

Beverage Containers

Beverage containers are accepted for curbside collection and at all convenient drop off sites. Please make sure they are empty and rinsed.


Bikes
(scrap metal)
This is an item for heavy trash pickup or possibly a metal recycler. Bicycles in good working order should be donated to a local charitable organization or Goodwill. We do not accept these at our recycling sites or curbside.


Biodiesel

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Blacktop
 (Asphalt)
Asphalt is considered a bulky waste item and belongs in the landfill or you may try a local asphalt company to see if they can reuse.


Blueprint Paper

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Bookcase

Consider finding someone who could use it, advertise it locally, or put it in a yard sale, donate to a local charitable organization or Goodwill, etc. Avoiding the landfill is generally a good thing. Often accepted by trash haulers by request.


Books

Hardcover and Paperback. You may place these items in your curbside container or convenient drop off sites.


Bottles

Empty antifreeze, bleach, chemical, motor oil, and any other container that held hazardous materials are not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. Empty cooking oil, glass (clear, green & brown), laundry detergent, plastic bottles that contained shampoo, soap, soda, water can be recycled. Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient drop off sites.

Bowls
 (metal, glass, ceramic, or plastic)
If still in good condition, bowls may be donated to local charities, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or offered for sale. Bowls and dishes in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable.


Box Springs

This is an item for heavy trash pickup or local landfill. Contact your trash hauler for information.


Boxboard

Boxboard refers to “flat” (uncorrugated) cardboard such as cereal boxes. Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient drop off sites. Please flatten before disposal.


Brake Fluid

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Branches
 (trees and bushes)
Ideal for composting. Check with your local compost processor, garden clubs, or trash hauler. Your community may offer compost collection. In the City of Greensburg this item can be put out at your curb before 7 a.m. on your normal trash pick up day.


Bricks

Bricks are considered a bulky waste item and go in the landfill or for someone wanting clean fill items. In good condition, bricks are often used by landscapers and gardeners. Set out with a sign offering them to someone who needs them.


Broken Glass

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. This includes mirrors, too. This type of glass is tempered and not recyclable.


Brown Envelopes

May be recycled curbside or taken to our convenient drop off sites.


BRUSH

(weeds, branches, sticks, bushes – See ‘branches’ above)


Bubble Wrap

If you know someone who does a lot of selling on eBay he or she may be glad to take it for reuse. Also, check with your local packing/shipping store. Otherwise, it is not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage…after popping, of course.


Buckets

Metal and plastic buckets. Scrap dealers may accept metal buckets; plastic buckets are not recyclable and must be thrown in the trash.


Bug Spray

This is a hazardous material and may be brought to Tox-a-way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.


Building & Remodeling and Construction Materials

  • Construction & Demolition Debris – Asphalt, Asphalt Shingles, Bricks, Cement, Cinder Blocks, Clapboard, Concrete, Doors, Flooring, Insulation, Lumber, Mortar, Plaster, Plywood, Roofing, Sheetrock, Shingles, Tiles, Windows, and Wood all belong in the landfill. Unfortunately, no one in this area at this time is recycling construction and demolition debris. Some building materials in good, re-usable condition may be donated to Habitat for Humanity Stores throughout Indiana.
  • Polyurethane, Stains, Paint, and other Floor & Deck Finishes (oil-based only) – This is a hazardous material and may be brought to Tox-a-way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
  • Roofing Tar (Oil-based Asphalt Sealer) – This is a hazardous material and may be brought to Tox-a-way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
  • Bulky Waste – Check with your trash hauler.


Bullets

Contact local law enforcement in your county.


Butane Lighters

These may be placed in the garbage if empty or brought to Tox-a-Way Day.


Button Batteries

This is a hazardous material and may be brought to Tox-a-way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. There may be other options available so please call us at 812-663-0960.

Calculators
Accepted at Electronic Recycling days or Tox-a-Way Day. Check our main page for this year’s dates.

Cameras

Accepted at Electronic Recycling days or Tox-a-Way Day. Check our main page for this year’s dates.


Canning Jars

Canning jars are not recyclable because of the thickness of the glass. Reuse is best. Give to a friend who can use them or a reuse center such as Goodwill.


Cans
 (Steel [tin-coated] and Aluminum)
Place with curbside recycling or bring to our convenient drop off sites. Rinse before recycling. Labels do not have to be removed. You may wish to sell these items to a scrap metal dealer. Check your Yellow Pages for possible locations.


Carbon Monoxide Detector

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Carbon Paper

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Carburetor Cleaner

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  
  

Cardboard
 (corrugated and boxboard)
Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient recycling centers. The following types of cardboard are not recyclable: beer or soda cartons (because of the moisture barrier in the cardboard); egg cartons (because the paper fibers are too short to be recycled); pizza boxes (because of grease); and waxed cardboard (because of the coating).


Cardboard Tubes from Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient recycling centers. Consider donating to youth/senior organizations for art projects.


Carpeting & Rugs
 (Area Rugs, Carpet with or without padding)
Heavy trash pick-up items or contact local landfill/trash haulers. This item is not recyclable.


Cassette Tapes and Cassette Tape Boxes

These cannot be recycled locally. www.GreenDisk.com offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of cassette tapes and boxes in the garbage.


Catalogs & Magazines

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient recycling centers.
 

CCA-Treated Wood
 (pressure-treated)
CCA-treated wood should only be disposed of in a lined landfill, not an incinerator. Do not dispose of CCA-treated wood in a backyard compost pile, brush pile, chipping pile, or burn pile. Call your local landfill or trash hauler for possible options.


CDs and CD Trays

These cannot be recycled locally. GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of CDs and their plastic trays in the garbage.


Cell Phones

Accepted at all Electronic Recycling Events and Tox-a-Way Day. Please visit our website for full list of events.


Cement

Landfill item.


Cereal Boxes

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient drop off centers. Take time to flatten the box please. Remove any inner bag and dispose in the garbage. The bag is not recyclable.


Charcoal

Charcoal may be placed in the garbage once it is stone cold!


Chemistry Kit

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  
  

Chinaware

If still in good condition, chinaware may be donated to local charities or reuse location such as Goodwill. This is not recyclable.


Chlorine Bleach

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  Empty bleach bottles cannot be recycled.


Cigarette Lighters

Disposable lighters may be placed in the garbage.


Cinder Blocks

Landfill item.


Clapboards

Landfill item.


Cleaners

All-Purpose Cleaner, Ammonia, Bathroom Cleaner, Chlorine Bleach, Disinfectant, Drain Cleaner, Oven Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Upholstery Cleaner, Septic Tank Cleaner–All of these are considered household hazardous waste and must be disposed of at Tox-a-Way Day that occurs the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. It is important not to pour these chemicals down the drain all at once in their undiluted form because they have been known to have adverse effects in septic systems and at wastewater treatment plants. They can also contaminate groundwater and drinking water. It is unsafe to dispose of them in the garbage because they can be harmful to sanitation workers.


Clothing

Charitable organizations (Salvation Army, Goodwill, local churches) often take usable clothing. Clothing that is not appropriate for reuse (torn, stained) can be used as rags.


Coal Ash

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage after it is cold.


Coat Hangers

Metal hangers may be accepted by scrap dealers. Check your Yellow Pages.


Colored Glass Bottles

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient drop off recycling centers. Please remove caps and rinse bottles before recycling.
 

Compact Disks and Compact Disk Trays

These cannot be recycled locally. GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of CDs and their plastic trays in the garbage.


Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescents cannot be placed in the trash because they contain a small amount of mercury. Please call 812-663-0960 for options available at this time.


Computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, and speakers

  • * Computers excl. Monitor, Stereos, DVD Players, Phones, VCRS, Printers & Scanner s- Accepted at electronic recycling events and Tox-a-Way day. Visit our website for event dates or call us at 812-663-0960.
  • * GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of CDs and their plastic trays in the garbage.  


Concrete

Landfill item.


Construction and Demolition Debris

See Building and Remodeling Materials above.


Construction Paper

Construction paper is not recyclable, because the fibers are too short. It must be placed in the garbage or donated for reuse.


Cooking Oil

This oil can be recycled for use as fuel for certain automobiles. Check freecycle.org to see if someone in your county is collecting it for this use. Otherwise, it must be placed in the garbage.


Cooking Oil Bottle
 (empty)
Place with curbside recycling or bring to recycling centers.


Cookware

If still in good condition, cookware may be donated to local charities or reuse centers, yard sales, or offered at a tag sale. Cookware in any condition is unfortunately not recyclable.


Copy Machine

Bring to Electronic recycling events or Tox-a-Way Day. There is no charge for disposal.


Copy Paper

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient recycling centers.


Copy Paper Wrapper

Recycle if wrapper is paper; however, most wrappers for copy paper are not accepted for paper recycling, due to the plastic moisture barrier that coats the wrapper. Plastic wrappers for copy paper are not accepted in plastics recycling.


Couch

Heavy trash pick up or call your local trash hauler/landfill.


Creosote
 (from woodstoves)
Creosote cleaned out from woodstoves must be placed in the trash.


Creosote Sealer

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  
 

Cups

Cups — whether paper, plastic, styrofoam, or china — are not recyclable.

Degreaser
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Dehumidifier

Accepted at Electronic recycling events and Tox-a-Way Day. Call or check our website for dates.


Detergent Bottles

Accepted with curbside recycling or at one of our convenient drop off centers.


Diesel Fuel

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Dirt

Dirt can be placed in a compost pile, yard, or garden plot. If you have contaminated dirt, contact Indiana Department of Environmental Management.


Dishes/Dishware

If still in good condition, dishes may be donated to local charities or reuse centers, or offered at a tag sale. Dishes in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable.


Dishwasher

Contact your local scrap metal dealer for options or bring to Tox-a-Way day that occurs the first Saturday after Labor Day.


Disinfectant

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Disposable Dishes & Utensils

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Disposable Food Containers
 (Lunchables, etc)
Not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Doors

If the doors are in good, re-usable condition, they may be donated to a reuse center, Habitat for Humanity, put out in a garage sale, etc. or left for heavy trash or landfill.


Drain Cleaner

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Drinking Glasses

Not recyclable but can be donated to a reuse center, Goodwill or placed in the garbage.


Dry Cleaning Bags

Recycle with other plastic bags at your local grocer.


Dryer

Accepted at local scrap metal dealers and at Tox-a-Way Day.


DVDs

These cannot be recycled locally. GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of DVDs in the garbage.


DVD Players

Accepted at Electronic Recycling events and Tox-a-Way Day. Check our website or give us a call for dates.  

Egg Cartons
Unfortunately, not recyclable. Reuse if possible, or place in the garbage.  Useful as drawer organizers or for art projects.


Electronics

Accepted at all Electronic recycling events and Tox-a-way Day.


Engine Degreaser

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Envelopes

Even with stamps and plastic windows, envelopes are accepted. Place with curbside recycling or at one of our recycling centers.


Epoxy

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Explosives

Contact local law enforcement.


Eyeglasses

Collected at optometrist offices in the District for distribution by Lions Clubs.

Facial Tissue
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Fax Machine
Accepted at Electronic recycling events and Tox-a-Way Day. Check our website or give us a call for dates.

Fencing (metal)
Consult local scrap metal dealers for options.

Fencing (wood)
Heavy trash or landfill item.

Film Canisters
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Fire Extinguisher
To dispose of a fire extinguisher, first discharge its contents, and then remove the valve. Do not place in the trash or recycling! Check with Fire Dept.

Flags
For proper disposal of U.S. flags that are no longer in usable condition, contact your local American Legion or VFW post.

Flammable Liquids
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Flea Killer/Flea Shampoo
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Flooring

If not fit for reuse, heavy trash pick up or landfill.

Fluorescent Bulbs (including compact fluorescent lights)
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  You may also call us at 812-663-0960 for other options.

Food
Compost in your backyard or place in the garbage.

Freezers
Refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, dehumidifiers. Must be brought to Tox-a-Way Day.

Freon
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Fungicide
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to Tox-a-Way Day that occurs the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m.

Furniture
Bookcases, box springs, bureaus, cabinets, couches, end tables, kitchen/dining tables, futons, loveseats, mattresses (standard or waterbed), Over-stuffed chairs, upholstered chairs, wooden furniture all need to be sold or given away if still usable. If not, these are heavy trash pick-up items. Some contract haulers will take when a scheduled pick-up is arranged.

Furniture Polish
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Garden Hose
Trash it or reuse for another purpose.


Gasoline

Accepted at Tox-a-Way Day that occurs the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m.


Gift Wrap

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the trash after reuse.


Glass

Since glass does not degrade, a bottle thrown in a landfill today would still be around in the year 3000. That’s why it’s so important to recycle any glass food or beverage container curbside or at one of our recycling drop off centers. In addition to saving landfill space, recycling saves energy. For example, recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours. Any clear, green, or brown glass bottle which held a food or beverage can be recycled. Empty and rinse; discard caps in trash. Labels and neck rings are okay, as they can be sorted out at the recycling facility. There are other glass items that unfortunately cannot be recycled.

  • No light bulbs
  • No window glass
  • No auto glass
  • No broken glass
  • No dishes
  • No drinking glasses
  • No mirrors
  • No Pyrex


Glass Bottles

Accepted by curbside recycling and at recycling centers. Caps and corks go in the trash. Labels and neck rings can be left on.

Grass Clippings

Grass clippings are banned from trash by state statute. They may be left on the lawn after the grass is cut or added to compost. If you live in the City of Greensburg you may put this out for your curbside yard waste collection.

Grease

Automotive grease: This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  Cooking grease should be placed in the garbage.


Greeting Cards

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our recycling centers. Consider donating to youth/senior organizations for art projects.


Grocery Bags

Paper: Accepted by curbside recycling and all recycling centers.
Plastic: Check with local supermarkets for recycling programs. They can be reused as trash liners for small trash bins. You cannot put these in your curbside or recycling center bins.


Guns

Contact local law enforcement.

Gypsum (Sheetrock)
Must be discarded or reused. Cannot be recycled.

Halogen Bulbs
These may be disposed of in the garbage.


Halogen Lamps

These may be placed in the garbage.


Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.


Health Care and Personal Care Products

Some health care and personal care products are hazardous and should not be placed in the trash. Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered hazardous products. This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  Any product that is not labeled as above can be disposed of in the trash. Empty liquids prior to placing containers in the trash. Some plastic bottles, such as those that contained rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, can be recycled.


Hearing Aids

Remove and recycle battery by calling 812-663-0960 for locations. Dispose of the hearing aid itself in the garbage.

Helium Tanks

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Herbicide

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  
  

HID Lights
 (Sodium, Mercury, Metal Halide)
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Hot Tub

Landfill.


Hypodermic Needles

Hypodermic needles should NOT be placed in the trash or recycling. Go to the Decatur County Board of Health for a free disposal container. Once the container is full, take the container back to the Board of Health and they will give you a new container if needed. This is a free service to residents of Decatur County.

Incandescent Light Bulbs
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the trash.


Ink Cartridges

Ink cartridges are usually accepted back at a retail store (e.g. Staples). Often you will receive a discount on your next ink cartridge purchase or credit in the form of an in-store rebate. There are also various programs where you can send your cartridge off in the mail to a charitable organization. You may also call us at 812-663-0960 because we are sometimes able to accept these at our office. Please call before stopping in to drop these off.

Insecticide

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Insulation

Trash.

Juice Bottles (glass and plastic)
Accepted with curbside recycling or recycling centers. You may keep caps on but please wash the bottle out!


Juice Boxes

Not recyclable locally, but check www.terracycle.com for fund-raising opportunities for your school.
Juice Cans (metal): Accepted with curbside recycling or at recycling centers.


Juice Concentrate Containers
 (Frozen)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. The cardboard the tube is made is coated and therefore not recyclable. The metal ends when just thrown in loose fall through the machines and end up in the trash.


Junk Mail

Accepted with curbside recycling or at one of our recycling centers. Shred any items with important numbers like credit card or social security numbers, or ask at your local financial institution if they take items to be shredded.  To reduce what you receive, go to www.directmail.com or www.catalogchoice.org. You may also bring items that need shredded to one of our shredding events throughout the year. Check our website for dates.

Kerosene
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Kitchen/Dining Tables

Heavy trash pickup. An even better idea is to find someone who can use it, give it to Goodwill, place it in a yard sale, or donate to a local charity if they are in need.

Kitty Litter

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. Kitty litter should not be composted. Kitty litter is good to absorb and dry out latex paint and then thrown in the trash.

Kitty Litter Buckets

Plastic buckets and pails that contained kitty litter are not recyclable and must be placed in the trash. Clean buckets should be offered for reuse.

Kleenex

Facial tissues (Kleenex or any other brand) are not recyclable and must be placed in the trash.

Latex Paint
Latex paint can be cleaned up with water. Read the label if you aren’t sure. Water will be listed as the first ingredient. Latex paint is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage once the paint is dry. Paint will air dry if the lid is left off the can. However, if there is a large quantity remaining in the can, it will require a very long time to dry. You can speed up the process by stirring in clean kitty litter or pouring in shallow cardboard box.


Laundry Detergent Boxes

Accepted at recycling centers and by curbside recycling.


Lawn Mowers (Riding & Push)

Before disposing of any lawn mower, remove the gas and oil. Disposal of gas and oil is available by bringing to one of our Tox-a-way Events. The mower itself can be considered scrap metal and can be taken to a metal recycler.
 

Lead & Oil Based Paints

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Leaves/Yard Waste

Leaves and yard waste are banned from burning or placing in the trash. Please compost yard waste if possible. If you live in the city of Greensburg, you may put these items out curbside for yard waste collection. Call 812-663-0960 for questions about this program. Mulching mowers can help get rid of the leaves and add nutrition to your lawn.

Lighting

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for other options.


Light Bulbs
 (incandescent, non-fluorescent)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Lighter Fluid

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  
 

Linseed Oil

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Lithium-Ion Batteries

These batteries are typically found in digital cameras and laptop computers. This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Lumber

Many would welcome clean, reusable lumber. You might check with Habitat for Humanity, post a notice on a public bulletin board, or advertise it locally.

Magazines & Catalogs
Accepted with curbside recycling or at recycling centers.


Margarine Tubs

If clean, accepted at recycling centers and in your curbside bin.


Mattresses
(all types)
Heavy trash pick-up or call local landfill/trash hauler.


Medical & Infectious Waste

Each county has an assigned drop-off location for unused/expired medications and used syringes. Check with your local health department, pharmacy or physician to determine where to take these items.  There is a rule that unused ‘controlled substances,’ or narcotics, must be disposed of by law enforcement, so be sure to take these items to the Decatur County Sheriff Department or Greensburg Police Department where you can put these items in closed containers at no charge and no questions asked. Do not flush medications down the drain or toilet or throw in the trash.
 
 

Mercury (liquid), Mercury-Containing Devices, Mercury Thermometers & Thermostats

Mercury is toxic and should not be thrown out in the trash! Elemental mercury is a silvery liquid that is commonly used in thermometers and thermostats. Mercury is not hazardous to humans when it is in a sealed device. The danger to health and the environment arises when mercury-containing articles are broken and discarded in the trash. (Or broken after being discarded in the trash.) If you have liquid mercury, it must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Metal

Steel and aluminum are the major metals in our everyday lives and both are easily recyclable. Recycling one aluminum can saves the energy equivalent of one cup of gasoline. There are 16 cups to a gallon. So, recycling eight 24-packs of soda would be the energy equivalent of filling a 12-gallon gas tank! To recycle beverage cans or food cans, simply rinse them and place for curbside recycling or take to one of our recycling centers. Scrap dealers accept these metals also.


Metal Polish

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Microwaves

Microwaves are accepted at one of our Tox-a-way Day events throughout the year. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or check the website.


Milk Cartons

Plastic milk cartons are accepted for curbside recycling and at recycling centers. You may leave the cap on. If this is a waxed paper carton, place in garbage.


Milk Jugs

Accepted at recycling centers and by curbside recycling. You may leave lid on.


Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is not hazardous and may be placed in the garbage.


Mirrors

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. Unbroken mirrors in good condition can be taken to a reuse center or Goodwill.


Mortar

Landfill.


Moth Balls

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Motor Oil

Some auto repair shops will accept used oil. You may also bring motor oil and oil filters to one of our Tox-a-way events throughout the year.


Motor Oil Bottles
 (empty)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Muriatic Acid

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Needles, Syringes, & other Sharps
Please visit the Decatur County Board of Health on Lincoln Street in Greensburg to receive a free biohazard container to place these items inside. Once the container is full, please take container back to the Board of Health and they will give you a new container.


Newspapers
 (including inserts)
Accepted by curbside recycling and at recycling centers.


Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) Batteries

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Office Paper (white and colored)
Accepted by curbside recycling bin and at our recycling centers. There is no need to remove staples. Do remove plastic binders and bags.


Oil Filters

Accepted at our Tox-a-way events throughout the year. Call us at 812-663-0960 for event date.


Oily Soil

Call the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.


Oven Cleaner

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our tox-a-way events throughout the year. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Over-stuffed Chairs

If there is still use left in the chair, try to find someone who can use it, donate to Goodwill, put it in a yard sale.

Packing Peanuts & Bubble Wrap
They are unfortunately not recyclable and if not reused, must be placed in the garbage. Check with your local packing/shipping store to see if they will accept these materials for reuse.


Pagers

Accepted at Electronic recycling events throughout the year. Call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Pails & Metal pails

Scrap dealers may accept these; otherwise put out with the trash. Plastic pails: Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Paints

If the paint is still in usable condition, you can ask a local community theatre group or school theater department or local chapter of Habitat for Humanity if they would like to have it. Otherwise:

  • Latex Paint -Latex paint is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage once the paint is dry. Latex paint will air dry if the lid is left off the can. However, if there is a large quantity remaining in the can, it will require a very long time to dry. You can speed up the process by stirring in clean kitty litter or sawdust.
  • Paints & Stains (Lead & Oil based) -These are hazardous materials and must not be thrown in the trash or poured out on the ground. These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.
  • Water-based stain is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage once the stain is dry.



Paint Cans
 (empty and dry)
Put in trash.


Paint Thinner

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Pallets

Check reuse centers or try to give to someone. Many people like these for cool reuse projects!


Paper Towels

Paper towels are unfortunately not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. However, the cardboard tubes may be included with paper recycling. (The cardboard tubes from toilet paper may also be recycled.)


Paperboard

Accepted at recycling centers and by curbside recycling programs.

PCB Ballasts and Transformers

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Pepper Spray

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Pesticide

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Phone Books

Accepted at recycling locations.


Phones

Land-line and cell phones: accepted at electronic recycling events.


Photographic Chemicals

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Picture Glass

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Pizza Boxes

If there are portions of the box (such as the lid) that are grease-free and food-free, they can be accepted for curbside recycling and at one of our recycling centers. Only clean boxes, or the clean parts of boxes, can be recycled.

Plaster

It belongs in the landfill.


Plastics

-PETE or #1 BOTTLES Soft drink, soda, water bottles. Please rinse.
-HDPE or #2 bottles. Milk & juice jugs, detergent & bleach containers. Please rinse.
– We also accept plastics marked #3-#7. Please make sure to look for this number when deciding if you should put the item in the recycling.
We do not accept Styrofoam of any type. Always make sure your plastics are clean and dry.
Please DO NOT throw regular trash in these containers.
These items are accepted at recycling drop off centers and curbside.


Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture is not recyclable. If it is still usable, donate it to a local charity or reuse center such as Goodwill. Your community may offer a heavy trash pickup. Those who use a contract service should call your provider. They may take it if you schedule a pickup time.


Plastic Shopping Bags

Check with your local grocery stores for recycling programs, or reuse as many times as possible.


Plastic Utensils

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Plastic Wrap

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Plates

Glass, ceramic, plastic, or metal: If still in good condition, plates may be donated to local charities, reuse center, or offered at a tag sale. Plates in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable. Paper plates are NOT recyclable and must be placed in the trash.


Plexiglass

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Plywood

Do try to find someone who can use it.

Polyurethane and other Floor & Deck Finishes

These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.

Pool Chemicals

These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Posters

Accepted for recycling at recycling centers and by curbside programs. Posters that have been mounted on foam core are not recyclable.


Post-It Notes

Accepted at recycling centers and by curbside programs.


Power Mower

Before disposing of any lawn mower, remove the gas and oil. These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website. Lawn mowers are considered scrap metal and are accepted by scrap metal dealers. Call to find out if they are accepting.


Prescription Drugs

Do not flush medications down the drain or toilet or throw in the trash. Check with your pharmacist, health department, or on this website for disposal options. The Greensburg Police Department, Decatur County Sheriff Department, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, and CVS Pharmacy are all secure drop off sites.


Pressure-Treated Lumber

Pressure-treated wood should only be disposed of in a lined landfill, not an incinerator. Do not dispose of pressure-treated wood in a backyard compost pile, brush pile, chipping pile, or trash incinerator.


Printers

You may bring this item to electronic recycling events throughout the year. Check our website or call 812-663-0960 for event dates.


Propane Tanks
These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.

NO “Q” ITEMS AT THIS TIME

Radiator Flush
This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Rags

These can be used for many household cleaning projects. Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage after you’re done re-using them.


Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries contain hazardous materials. This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Refrigerants

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Riding Lawn Mower

Before disposing of any lawn mower, remove the gas and oil and recycle them properly at one of our Tox-a-Way day events. Mowers may be accepted by local scrap metal dealers.


Rodent Killer

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Roofing

Check with your landfill or trash hauler.


Roofing Tar

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.

  • Latex Roofing Tar – This is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage, once it is dried out.


Root Killer

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Rust Inhibitor

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.

Sandwich Baggies
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. (Or wash and reuse.)


Sawdust

Unfortunately, not recyclable and may be placed in the garbage. In small quantities, it can be added to compost, but it is slow to break down. In some cases, it can be used as mulch. Sawdust can be used to dry out latex paint for disposal.


Scanners

These are accepted at our electronic recycling events throughout the year. Call 812-663-0960 for event dates or visit our website.  


Scrap Metal

For example: Bicycle, Riding and push mowers, rototiller, snowblower: Check with local metal dealers.


Sealant

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.
Latex Sealant: This is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage, once it is dried out.


Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Septic Tank Cleaner

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Shampoo Bottles

Emptied and rinsed, the bottles are accepted at our recycling centers and by curbside recycling program.  Caps can remain on the bottle.


Sharps

The Decatur County Board of Health offers free containers for sharps. Please visit their location during business hours to receive a free container. Once the container is filled please bring it back to their location and they will give you a new one if needed.


Sheet Glass

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Sheetrock

Gypsum board may be useful for a local farmer to spread on fallow fields. Otherwise, not reusable or recyclable. You may call local landfill or trash hauler for options.

Shoes

Charitable organizations (Salvation Army, Goodwill, local churches) will often accept shoes in good condition. Otherwise they are not recyclable and must be placed in the trash.


Shredded Paper

Accepted at one of our recycling centers and by curbside recycling programs.


Sinks

Landfill or transfer station. There may be a disposal fee. Consider donating used sinks in good condition to charitable organizations.

Smoke Detectors

You may bring this item to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Soap Bottles

Empty, rinse and recycle at our drop off recycling centers or through curbside pickup. Pumps should be removed and placed in the garbage.


Soda & Beer Cartons

Accepted at our recycling centers and by curbside recycling program.


Soda Bottles

Empty, rinse and recycle at one of our recycling centers or place for curbside pickup. You may leave cap on the bottle.


Solvents

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Sporting Goods

Resell or donate if they are in good condition. Not recyclable.  


Spot Remover/Solvents

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Stains
 (oil-based)
This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Stains
 (water-based)
Water-based stain is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage once the stain is dry.


Steel Cans

Empty, rinse and recycle at one of our drop off recycling centers or with curbside pickup.


Sticky Notes

Accepted at drop off recycling centers and by curbside programs.


Stove

Check with local scrap metal dealers.


Street Sand

May be placed in the garbage.


Styrofoam
 (Polystyrene)
We are unable to recycle this product at this time. Please put in trash at this time.


Syringes & Needles

Do not place syringes or needles in the trash or recycling. Go to the Decatur County Board of Health to receive free containers and disposal.

Telephone
Landline phones and cell phones are accepted at all Electronic recycling events. Call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Television Sets

Accepted at all electronic recycling events. Call us at 812-663-0960 for event dates or visit our website.


Textiles

Charitable organizations (Salvation Army, Goodwill, local churches) and SEIRD Reuse centers take good clothing. Clothing that is not appropriate for reuse (torn, stained) can be used as rags or thrown away.


Thermometers & Thermostats

Mercury is a silvery liquid. If you have a thermometer with mercury in it, please call us at 812-663-0960 for disposal options. If the thermometer has red or blue liquid, it does not contain mercury and may be put in the trash. Thermostats may be taken by calling our office at 812-663-0960 for possible options.


Tiles

Landfill or transfer station. There may be a disposal fee.


Tin Cans

Accepted at our drop off recycling locations and by curbside programs. Rinse thoroughly. Labels are ok.


Tires

Tires can only be disposed of at Tox-a-Way day that occurs in the fall. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for date or visit our website. There is no fee for residents. We do not accept tires from businesses.


Tissue Paper

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.

Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is not recyclable. However, the cardboard tubes may be included with paper recycling. (The cardboard tubes from paper towels may also be recycled.)


Toilets

Check with your trash hauler.


Toys

Charitable organizations (reuse centers, Salvation Army, Goodwill, local churches) may take those in good condition. Most toys are not recyclable and, if not in reusable condition, must be placed in the garbage. Plastic toys are not recyclable even if they show the recycling (chasing arrows) symbol. If there is no number inside the arrows, that just means that it contains recycled materials.


Transmission Fluid

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Trash Compactor

Considered scrap metal and you must call local scrap metal dealers.


Trees & Brush

Placing trees and brush in the trash is prohibited by state regulations. Compost when possible. Burning is also prohibited by law. If you live in City of Greensburg you may put these items out by curbside for pick up.


Typewriter
 (old-style metal)
You may bring these items to electronic recycling events throughout the year. Call 812-663-0960 for event dates or visit our website.


Typewriter
(plastic body)
You may bring these items to electronic recycling events throughout the year. Call 812-663-0960 for event dates or visit our website.

Upholstery Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.

Used Cooking Oil
Check www.freecycle.org to see if someone can use it for fuel. If not, secure tightly and put in trash.

Used Motor Oil
You may contact local automotive shops to see if this is something they take. This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.

Utensils
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Vacuum Cleaner
This can be taken to one of our electronic recycling events throughout the year. Call 812-663-0960 for dates or check our website.


Vacuum Cleaner Dust

Must be placed in the garbage.


Varnish

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Vases

If still in good condition, vases may be donated to local resale shops such as Goodwill, taken to a reuse center, or offered at a tag sale. Vases in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable.

VCR

Accepted at all electronic recycling events. Call 812-663-0960 for dates or check our website.


Video Cassettes

These cannot be recycled locally. GreenDisk (www.greendisk.com) offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash”. See their site for more information. Otherwise, dispose of video cassettes in the garbage.


Video Game System

Accepted at all electronic recycling events. Call 812-663-0960 for dates or check our website.

Wallboard
Gypsum board is usable by farmers to spread on fallow fields. Otherwise, take to landfill or transfer station.


Washing Machine

Call local scrap metal dealers-most will accept this item. Accepted at Tox-a-way type event as well. Call 812-663-0960 for dates or check our website.


Water Bottles

Bottles that held bottled water are accepted at our drop off recycling centers and by curbside program.


Waterbed Mattress

Heavy trash pickup or landfill.


Weed Killer

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Wet Paper

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


White Goods

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS INCLUDE: Refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, dehumidifiers. These items can all be taken to our Tox-a-Way events. Call 812-663-0960 for dates or check our website.


White Paper

Accepted by curbside recycling programs and at our drop off recycling locations.

Window Frames
 (with or without glass)
Heavy trash pickup or landfill. There may be a disposal fee. Offer to Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity for reuse.


Window Glass
 (out of frames)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. Carefully package broken glass to avoid injury to sanitation workers.


Windshields

Windshields are not recyclable. Landfill. There may be a disposal fee.


Wire Hangers
(scrap metal)
Not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage or taken to scrap metal dealer.


Wood Ash

Unfortunately, not recyclable and may be placed in the garbage, once it is stone cold.


Wood Preservatives and Strippers

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Wrapping Paper

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be reused or placed in the garbage.

NO “X” ITEMS AT THIS TIME

Yard Wastes/Leaves
Placing yard waste and leaves in the trash is prohibited by state regulations. The city of Greensburg residents have free yard waste pick up at the curb. Yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves must be bagged and marked “Yard Waste”. Large items such as tree limbs and large bushes can be put by the curb. Items are picked up on your normal trash pick up day. For those outside of the city, locations such as Leising Excavating may take these items for a charge. You can also use these items in a compost barrel.

Yogurt Containers
Check number in triangle on bottom of the container. If it is marked #1 through #7, you may put these in your curbside recycling bin or bring to one of our convenient drop off sites.

NO ‘Z’ ITEMS AT THIS TIME

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